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MSNBC
Dec 14, 2012 8:00am PST
sandy hook elementary school. looking at that, that's a snapshot in time literally. it looks like it was done in a fairly orderly fashion. and for the sake of the kids, it doesn't look like it was done in a way where there will be a residual emotional effect. what you want to do is give them the sense that everything is under control. >> we're talking about kindergartners to first graders, we're talking about very young children. investigators did go room by room to evacuate the school to make sure that these kids are out. >> let's go back now to our liz dahlem, with the school shooting information. what do you have, liz? liz, can you hear me? >> reporter: it's very much an active scene out here, we have got lots of parents looking for their children, just waiting for worth as to whether or not they're okay. i want to show you what it looks like out here on the scene, you can tell that state police are out here, they have been using their -- they have their weapons standing by and the choppers also above the school. that's where the school is located, further down dickenson drive. no
MSNBC
Dec 26, 2012 8:00am PST
and calving hell at the same time and there's give, give. i think it's very, very difficult, particularly after boehner's plan "b" failed. >> the key issue i think and the american people are catching on is that the problem that we have is we have a right wing political figure in the house way, way, way out of touch of what the american people are thinking. >>> there's early economic sinls that the uncertainty over the cliff may have clayed the role of scrooge this holiday season. early holiday numbers point to the worst year to year growth since 2008. >>> i think the president is steward of this economy needs to try to reach the big compromise with speaker boehner and the two men came very close. >> all right. let's check in and say good morning to nbc news correspondent mike vi cara now. >> they have indicated they would be back on the 27th and doing the math and take in to account the time zone differences, the president will be arriving back in washington. wheels down on the white house sometime in the late morning tomorrow. one problem, there won't be a house of represe
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 8:00am PST
talk more, we have peter alexander standing by at the white house as well as nbc's mike viqueira on capitol hill. some verbal smackdown, basically flipping the lights back on and harry reid taking to the floor to eviscerate speaker boehner. >> the sad part is you often seen the floor opened that way. mitch mcconnell being later today. i'm sure we'll hear something later. to hear it two days after christmas and a matter of days before we go through the fiscal cliff, obviously not encouraging. harry reid says time is running hout. he doesn't know if they could go through the legislative hurdles. if they have the votes around here, they can legislate the sky is green and the grass is blue. that's not an issue. what harry reid is really saying is mitch mcconnell, get on board, don't try to filibuster. of course they're talking about a bill that had raise capital on couples making more than $250,000 a year, and do a few other nuts and bolts that are deemed the bare minimum that the president wants to see done before we hit january 1st. i've got to tell you, though, getting back to the vo
MSNBC
Dec 24, 2012 6:00am PST
the fiscal cliff. there have been a few conversations going on at the staff level but really the expectation is that the hard work is going to get done when lawmakers return to washington after the christmas holiday, a little bit later on this week. that's when they're going to resume negotiations in earnest. of course there had been hopes that the president and house speaker john boehner were going to get a deal done. if you looked at the beginning of last week, they were getting close to a deal it appeared but that fell apart and talks fell apart. president obama said i will accept a smaller deal as long as it doesn't allow rates for those to go up for those making $250,000 or less. over the weekend you had a few senators, including senator joe lieberman saying they believe now more than ever we may be getting closer to actually going over the fiscal cliff. that is of course hanging over the heads of a lot of americans as they enter this holiday season and also looming over this vacation the president is having. i'll give you a little sense of what president obama has been up t
MSNBC
Dec 22, 2012 12:00pm PST
, stay tuned for that. good day. i'm richard lui at the top of the hour and just two days to go before the fiscal deadline and congress has gone home for the holidays. >> in the next few days i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class americans and that's an achievable goal that can get done in ten days. >> i don't want tax rates to go up and republicans don't want tax rates to go up. the best way to address our crippling debt is to make significant spending cuts and fix our tax code, to pave the way for long-term growth and opportunity. >>> nbc's kristin welker is traveling with the president in hawaii and kristin, the president you are just learning he thinks some time off could do everyone some good here. >> that's right. on friday when president obama spoke to the nation before he left to come to hawaii he urged members of congress to take these days off during the holidays, to cool off and to gain some perspective. here's more of what president obama had to say. take a listen. >> so, as we leave town for a few days to be with o
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2012 3:00pm EST
capital. that's straight ahead. >>> plus washington state's same-sex marriage law took effect at midnight and couples tied the knot just as soon as they could we'll talk about what might happen when the supreme court weighs in. >>> plus, all indications are, that congress is gearing up for a revamping of the nation's immigration laws. what that will mean for the gop and its right wing. first, though, with just over three weeks left to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff. lawmakers from both sides hit the sunday shows to late out the latest battle lines in the fight. on "meet the press," the number three house republican reiterated that any new revenues should come from closing loopholes, not raising tax rates. >> the president wants the rates to go up, that doesn't solve the problem. if the president is asking for higher rates, he's asking for more revenue. most economists agree the best way to get that is through closing special loopholes. >> on the same program, number two senate democrat, dick durbin declared that if the country does go over the fiscal cliff, there's only one party to bla
MSNBC
Dec 22, 2012 1:00pm PST
this holiday weekend, thousands of flights being delayed, look at the list here as a winter storm hits the midwest, we will tell you what is ahead for the travel plans. we begin with the stalled fiscal cliff debate. president obama and his family are vacationing in hawaii and congress is on holiday recess. both sides are holding out hope that they will be able to reach a deal. >> this is something within our capacity to solve. it does not take this much work. we just have to do the right thing. >> of course, hope springs eternal and i know we have it in us to come together and do the right thing. >> listen to that, and it seems like they are both positive and feel something can get done. while both sides are away, the away and president in hawaii, can they get something done? >> reporter: well, look, richard, this will be a working vacation for president obama and i can also tell you that staffers on both sides of pennsylvania avenue will be in talks over the next several days despite the fact that they are technically on vacation. will they be able to get manage done that is sign
MSNBC
Dec 15, 2012 1:00pm PST
at least six weapons, two of which may have been 223 assault rifles. this appears, even though he left one in the car, he may well have taken one inside, plus the two 9 millimeter handguns. so if, in fact, he had the assault rifle, all of the wounds on these children, and realize, i can't imagine a more horrific scene than, number one, an assault rifle used on a human being, then number two, used on a child, close up, with multiple shots each. he went in to kill each of these children and to create as much murder and mayhem as this guy absolutely could. and i think we still have to find out from the medical examiner's office if all of the victims were killed by means of this assault rifle or if the two 9 millimeter pistols that so far, for the last 36 hours, we thought were used, were not used in this terrible mass murder scene. >> you know, clint, it seems as if every time they have one of these news conferences, we end up with more questions at the end of the news conference than we had at the beginning. thank you, sir. do stand by. we want to come back to you a little bit later
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2012 1:00pm PST
prepared to go all the way to the mat here on behalf of tax cuts for the rich. they think at the white house they've got their republicans backed into a political corner here, and they are really pressing their advantage hard. you saw this sort of breathtaking offer by the president of the united states last week when he offered basically to include $ 50 billion of new spending at a time everyone else thought we were having a debate about spending cuts here. the president feeling he has the upper hand here in the negotiation and that's what geithner is doing on his behalf up on the hill. >> the white house said they are not going to put forth another plan until republicans bring something to the table. the president was in pennsylvania at the toy factory late last week. what's the strategy going forward for the administration, what's the strategy going forward for the gop? >> well, the administration is definitely playing an outside and inside game at the same time. they send the president out to the toy factory, he's making the case in montgomery county, pennsylvania, that this plan h
MSNBC
Dec 20, 2012 8:00am PST
know, at some point they have to take me out of it and think about their voters and think about what's best for the country. >> with five days until christmas and 12 days until the fiscal grinch comes to town, is plan b just part of the posturing or a real push over the precipice? >> what's happening here is speaker boehner cannot sell a reasonable compromise to what is a very right wing extreme tea party caucus. >> clearly, the republicans know that what they're doing today is simply a waste of time. this is not -- this is the lamest of congresses. >> hopefully, i mean, all of us are hoping that speaker boehner and president obama are talking more behind the scenes than we know. >> joining me now is california congressman adam scheffler, a member of the house appropriations committee. it's great to have you with me and to pass along, we have the rundown of what the voters will have. the timing on the vote on plan b is roughly at 7:30 to 8:00 tonight and 217 is the number and plan b can pass even if it loses around 20 gop votes and leadership on the left has indicated that there are ma
MSNBC
Dec 11, 2012 8:00am PST
start with you. describe the scene for us there and what's at stake. >> reporter: good day to you. it just started snowing within the past few minutes. these folks are braving very cold temperatures here but they're very fired up about this legislation being pushed through the state house today. as you have reported it will turn michigan into a right to work state. republican governor rick schneider and other supporters of this legislation says it actually makes michigan more attractive for businesses around the country who may be considering relocating their businesses to michigan. workers are the ones you see behind me, several thousand hearsay this is nothing but an attempt to try to break the back of unions in a state where ally unions are synonymous with michigan. we've spoken to a number of workers this morning who say this was a backhanded way for the governor and republican toss get something away from democrats and working class people of this state by trying to say that this is going to make a situation better in the workforce for a lot of workers when, in fact, they believe
MSNBC
Dec 18, 2012 8:00am PST
downtown as early as 6:00 in the morning and as late as 11:30 at night. and families are coming together here, you often see them holding hands. and you just see the number of flowers. you mention that they're literally having to expedite getting more flowers in here. and i think that we often have this feeling what can we do? a lot of toys have been donated for children for christmas. a number of funds have been set up in local banks and online. and it has made a difference to every person in this country that i've talked to. they say they feel the support, thomas. >> nbc's chris jansing reporting for us there. the host of "jansing & company" here on msnbc. chris, thanks so much. senator joe lieberman speaking on the house floor right now. talking about what this tragedy has meant to him. he's an independent. we'll listen in for a second. >> -- the act of a madman. or mad people. this time, they said it reflects a deeper problem in our society. and i believe what causes that change is that 20 of the victims in newtown, connecticut, were young children. and there is not only a h
MSNBC
Dec 18, 2012 11:00am EST
. the group will be led by vice president joe biden and will begin looking at a set of proposals that include reinstating a ban on assault rifles like the one used by gunman adam lanza. >> it's the president's job to promote a plan that fixing, satisfies the needs of the country. he is the commander in chief. he's the consoler in chief but the commander in chief. joining me from newtown, connecticut, is chris jansing, host of "jansing & company." chris, we heard a lot of different things about flowers running out of local shops there in town because of the outpouring the support for the victims. as we watched the scene there grow. describe what you've been witnessing as you people prepare to bury two of these little 6-year-olds. >> everybody that i talked to, thomas, in this community,s especially the families have told me that they feel the support here and literally around the country. i was talking to principal hochsprung's daughter, erica. we heard from her this morning. she said one of the things that has heartened her is hearing from teachers all around the country, house inspir
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2012 11:00am EST
this. we also look at, in addition to cutting in areas of pentagon spending such as maintaining nuclear weapons, we have more than enough nuclear weapons to blow up this world many times over again, we can eliminate and save a lot of money in that end with pentagon spending. but also we need to reform our tax code. reform it in a way that closes those loopholes that encourage companies to send their jobs overseas, but rather provide incentives to bring those jobs back home. that's another reason why the president's coming here to detroit to underscore the fact that we need a strong manufacturing base in order for our country to compete internationally. >> sir, certainly republicans have said that loopholes can be on the table. again, that's not going to be the amount of revenue that we need to pull in as a country. there's going to be other areas where that needs to come from. again, back to spending, while you talk about defense, is there a possibility that the medicare eligibility age could be on the table? >> i think everything is on the table. but the affordable care act, be
MSNBC
Dec 12, 2012 8:00am PST
closer to a deal. 20 days, that's it from the brink and the fiscal cliff is coming quickly at us. it's doing definite damage to boehner's brand. a new "washington post"/abc poll showing voters overwhelmingly disapprove of boehner's handling of the fiscal talks. it's an even split on the president. who is still sticking to his guns, urging the gop to pass tax cuts for the middle class by christmas? >> taxes are going to go up one way or the other. i think the key is to make sure that taxes go up on high end individuals like you and me. we can afford it. it is entirely possible for us to come up with a deal but time is running short. >> right to work is wrong! >>> our other story developing in michigan today, where labor unions are considering a large scale counter offensive. the home of the uaw is now the first blue right to work state after a pair of bills were signed into law by governor rick snyder who appeared on msnbc's "morning joe" today. >> i believe this is pro-worker. because the way i view it is workers now have freedom to choose. this does not deal with organizing at all. th
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2012 8:00am PST
at this year. a lot of people say that if no deal happens it could hurt the job prospects. why take such a risk when the jobs numbers is improving? >> well, because the risk the president want us to take, increasing tax rates, will hit many small businesses that produce 60 to 70% of the new. >> joy: s new jobs in our count. >> mr. speaker, the secretary said that the economy was right to get the off the cliff if he doesn't get high tax rates. what's your reaction to that? >> i think that's reckless talk. >> before the election you said that you would be able to provide tax hikes. is that still the case? >> listen, raising taxes on small businesses is not going to help our economy and it's not going to help those seeking work. i came out the day after the election. but revenue is on the table to take a step towards the president to try to resolve this. when is he going to take a step towards us? >> do you see some way that you could agree to tax rate increase and protect mall businesses at the same time, maybe going with 37% or some middle ground -- >> there are a lot of things that
MSNBC
Dec 24, 2012 7:00am PST
over theically for political purposes, he sense as victory at the bottom of the cliff. >> while they're miles apart on the cliff, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle go a distance to say a final good-bye to a friend and a giant of the senate, senator inouye. >>> first at the top of the hour, at least two firefighters were killed after arriving at the scene of a fire. two other fire fighters were also wounded. at this point it's unknown how many shooters were involved. the firefighters were forced to retreat. they were not able to put the flames out. at least three homes and one vehicle are burning. firefighters are calling them a complete lost. the police chief says it's still an active crime scene. we have this from a reporter a bit earlier from the crime scene. okay. that is not the right piece of sound firefighters, again, involved in that. >>> now to the top of the block and the stories we're watching, head of the national rifle association saying any attempt to reinstitute an assault weapons ban would be worthless and added his own wrimpgle to the debate more guns in schoo
MSNBC
Dec 15, 2012 11:00am PST
kill her and the children and others he killed at the school yesterday. >> are we hearing my more about the connection between nancy lanza and sandy hook elementary? there has been confusion about what precisely her job was at that school. >> reporter: yes. originally she was reported to be a teacher. and when they checked the school records, she is not on as a full-time teacher. that has been confirmed by the district. some people having suggested that she was involved with the school either as a substitute teacher or as a volunteer. we had hoped to learn more information at a briefing from the superintendent. we were expecting it at noon eastern time. here's not happened. and -- there is no expectation at this point perhaps that it will happen. they have been very careful about the type of information that they have been giving out. it has been coming out slowly, as you know, in the early hours of this. there was some bad information that got out so they are being very careful. we have gotten no further updates about when we might hear from officials this afternoon. >> chris jan
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
. this is far too much at stake for political gamesmanship. the consequences of this are too high for the american people to be engaged in a political messaging campaign. i'm interested in getting a result here. >> this morning, we've been trying to come up with some counteroffer to my friend's proposal. we have been unable to do that. at this stage, we're not able to make a counteroffer. >> senate democrats said a major sticking part in the gop offer was the inclusion of reforms to social security benefits. but after harry reid said he would not entertain a change in the chained cpi, republicans said they had taken that chained cpi off the table. but with pessimism running high, the vice presidents go involved in negotiations. president obama says the inaction of any deal is the result of republican resistance. >> they say their biggest priority is to deal with the deficit in the biggest way. but their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. at some point, i think what's important is that they listen to the american people. >> joining me n
MSNBC
Dec 16, 2012 12:00pm PST
that it was during the second classroom episode that he heard responders coming and apparently at that decideded to take his own life. >> what else, michelle can you tell us about those final moments before adam lanza decided to kill himself? >> reporter: well, those are certainly the detailsa we're hoping that we'll learn about, perhaps at this press conference or in the coming days, exactly the length that adam lansa had to this school, in fact what happened, perhaps they'll have a little bit better timeline. when first responders and law enforcement arrived on scene, they arrived to a very active shooter situation, a very chaotic situation and of course what was left behind is just devastating in terms of what they had to cope and deal with in terms of not just the emotions of this, but also processing that crime scene. so that they're say whether take the most time. >> the stories of heroism that happened inside sandy hook elementary school. the teacher who for all intents and purposes risked her life in an attempt to save the lives of her children there. and i do want to call our
MSNBC
Dec 17, 2012 8:00am PST
ammunition, all of that to look at. now, the hopes were fairly high that they might have a breakthrough with adam lanza's computer that was at his mother's home at the scene where he shot his mother before this all began. but there's some pessimism about that now because he damaged the computer, took the hard drive out of the computer, damaged that further. they knew that when they got it. they thought well, you know, maybe we can get something out of it but i'm told the initial attempts to get information have been unsuccessful. they will obviously try to continue to work at that. but they have yet found no answer to the question that everybody wants to know, which is why did he do this. >> nbc's pete williams. thank you for your reporting. we appreciate it. joining me now from newtown is connecticut senator john mckinney, who represents the area of connecticut that includes newtown. he sat next to the president at last night's vigil. sir, thank you for joining me. as we speak, we are going to be scrolling the names of victims that we know who are going to be buried this w
MSNBC
Dec 22, 2012 11:00am PST
home, but at the same time, what are you going to do? >> on this holiday weekend, thousands of flights delayed and we're watching that as the winter stom wallops the midwest and good day to you. i'm richard lui. the stalled fiscal cliff debate and the january deadline now just ten days away. president obama and his family are vacationing in hawaii and congress is on holiday recess after no new breakthrough and both sides are holding out and they'll be able to reach a deal. >> call me a hopeless optimist, but i actually still think we can get it done. >> of course, hope springs eternal and i know we have it in us to come together and to do the right thing. >> nbc's kristin welker is in hawaii and the president is still in talks while he's there or are the the talks on hiatus? >> richard, my sources tell me this is very much a working vacation for president obama and at this time there's no conversation between the president and congressional leaders and that doesn't mean that they're not going to happen. back in washington, d.c., staffers at the white house and on the hill are still the
MSNBC
Dec 17, 2012 11:00am EST
>>> hi, everybody. i'm thomas roberts on a regular monday morning at this time, the halls of connecticut sandy hook elementary would be filled with the sounds of children and their teachers. however, today, that school remains a crime scene, closed indefinitely just days after 20 small children and six educators were murdered, brutally extinguished in an act of violence that has gripped the hearts and minds of this nation. 26 souls lost and today, the first funerals will be held for two of the youngest victims. 6-year-old jack pinto, a new york giants fan, and noah pozner, whose twin sister survived the shooting. we are also learning new information about the connecticut state police investigation, including that the gunman, adam lanza, had enough ammunition if given more time to shoot hundreds of students in the halls of sandy hook. >> every single facet of the weapons will be analyzed. every single round of ammunition will be looked at and examined for any kind of physical evidence. i alluded yesterday to the volume of rounds, for example, that were seized or recovered. eac
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 5:00pm PST
today at 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. eastern, and again tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m. for highlights from the interview, be sure to follow me on twitter, @davidgregory, my handle. that's all for today. we'll be back next week. until then, have a happy new year. if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." >>> it is 8:00 on east coast. a lot to tell you about the fiscal cliff. first, breaking news. we just got this from the associated press. secretary of state hillary clinton has been admitted to the hospital with a blood clot. following that concussion, you'll remember, she suffered a concussion after becoming severely dehydrated and she fell earlier this month. we should say, nbc news has not confirmed this report. let's go to nbc's kristin welker, who is at the white house. my understanding was, kristin, she had been expected to go back to work soon. >> reporter: that was our understanding. secretary of state, officials with the department, essentially saying that she was getting better, they expected her to return to work soon. of course, we learned about the fact that she wa
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 1:00pm PST
extended, and they are all about to expire at the end of the year. so on midnight december 31, if congress doesn't act, then everybody's taxes go up. and for the average family, that could mean a loss of $2,000 in income. for the entire economy, that means consumers have a lot less money to make purchases, which means businesses are going to have a lot less customers, which means that they are less likely to hire, and the whole economy could slow down at a time when the economy is actually starting to pick up. we are seeing signs of recovery in housing and in employment numbers improving. and so what congress needs to do, first and foremost, is to prevent taxes from going up for the vast majority of americans. and this was a major topic of discussion throughout the campaign. what i said was that we should keep taxes where they are for 98% of americans. 97% of small businesses. but if we're serious about deficit reduction, we should make sure that the wealthier are paying a little bit more and combine that with spending cuts to reduce the deficit and put our economy on a long-term trajector
MSNBC
Dec 24, 2012 10:00am PST
eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. he senses a victory at the bottom of the cliff. >> we only have nine days left here. when are we going to get serious about actual solutions? i would welcome john to tell me. he says he wants a solution. give us one, john. >> meanwhile, president obama is spending christmas in hawaii where he and the first lady attended the holiday memorial service for the late u.s. senator from daniel inouye. >> white house correspondent kristen welker. kristen, obviously they always say the white house travels with the president wherever he is. that's where the white house is. the president, though, is enjoying vacation, but still continuing to keep tabs on the fiscal cliff negotiations, correct? >> he is. white house officials describe this as a working vacation. i think there have been maybe a few conversations at the staff level about the fiscal cliff, but the reality is, thomas, the negotiations have largely stalled. you remember president obama on friday urging lawmakers to take this time off to really cool off, come back later this week wi
MSNBC
Dec 21, 2012 8:00am PST
bells tolled 26 times in newtown during a moment of silence for the victims. that moment at the:30 a.m. eastern time the same time the gunman forced his way into that school. bells tolling across the country from massachusetts to a cathedral in manhattan to the basilica in washington, d.c. in the nation's capitol president obama held a moment of silence on his own away from the cameras. in a video release this had morning the president spoke to the thousands of american that is signed a we the people petition calling for gun control and vowed to take action. >> as i said earlier this week, i can't do it alone. i need your help. if we're going to succeed it will take a sustained effort for mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, law enforcement and responsible gun owners. >> with the president calling for concrete change by next month, there is already signs of republican resistance to his push for stronger gun control. >> what bothered me the most as a representative is how this has been politicized so quickly. >> do you dare come on my show and say i am using the slaughter of 20
MSNBC
Dec 24, 2012 9:00am PST
senators on both sides of the aisle, they spoke in support of at least a smaller deal on sunday. joe lieberman seemed to have less hope. >> it's the first time that i feel that it's more likely that we will go over the cliff than not, and that if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time. maybe ever in american history because of the impact it will have on almost every american. >> kristen welker is nbc's white house correspondent, also traveling with the president in honolulu. kristen, explain to all of us because it appears the lights are out in washington d.c. the president is in hawaii. everyone is home. with all the sides saying that they expect to go over the cliff, it looks pretty likely that that might just happen. >> well, i certainly think that concern is growing. that that's a real possibility at this point. at the same time, thomas, i think there's still so much pressure on all sides so get something done because as he heard joe lieberman said, the consequences would be huge. the economy could
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2012 12:00pm PST
geithner. mr. mcconnell laughed at the geithner proposal. he said it was a serious proposal. he might be the only one outside of this precinct who believes that and geithner insists if the gop wants entitlement reform, reform to social security and medicare and medicaid and many of those things were on the table in that failed grand bargaining of a year and a half ago, geithner, the president, all administration officials insist, it's the republicans who have going to have to show a little ankle and insist on what they want. make it clear what they want in terms of those reforms, if they want them to be on the table. the administration is not going to go first, they say they've already spelled out what they want in terms of raising taxesnd revenue. we don't apleer to be closer to a deal 29 days out. craig? >> republicans are going to have to show a little more ankle. i'll be using that. mike viquiera, from 1600 pennsylvania, thank you, good sir. so will a deal get done by the january 1st deadline? here's what one prominent republican senator had to say this morning. >> i think we're g
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 8:00am PST
it agrees to a tax hike at above $450,000. that cut-off point. an up-and-down vote for the estate tax. new spending measures to extend unemployment benefits for 2 million americans. and turning off the sequester, the automatic spending cuts that are set to kick in in a matter of days. any deal would have to be rushed through both chambers of congress. house speaker boehner and his rank and file are sitting on the sidelines waiting to see if it will be a deal or no deal from the senate. >> this whole thing is a national embarrassment. i think it's an embarrassment to the president. it's an embarrassment to both sides of the aisle and both the house and the senate. >> how do you get out of it? >> first of all, whatever happens today is really inconsequential. >> ultimately, you're going to have to have people come together in a bipartisan way to get this done. you're not going to be able to get an agreement passed with just republicans. >> republicans simply can't utter the word "yes." they cannot utter the word "yes" without them uttering the word "yes" we can't get a deal. look, t
MSNBC
Dec 1, 2012 12:00pm PST
mcconnell laughed at it. there you see some of the provisions there. $600 billion in savings. some of it from medicare, another 50 billion in spending and new spending on infrastructure and stimulus spending. that's something that republicans aren't going to want to go to. the two sides are far apart. here we are on december 1st, the clock is ticking. if they can't come to a deal over the course of december, delay all the christmas vacations and then the nation does go over the fival cliff and some people are thinking about the unthinkable now, craig. yes, it all boils down to that tax rate and the white house is playing hardball. they are insisting that the votes are there. they are, in some cases, playing to the democratic base that wanted to see this all along in past negotiations, craig. remember two years ago when we had the same debate about extending the president's tax cuts the president caved and no one expects this to happen this time and yet the votes aren't there in the house of representatives, especially among republicans to pass. there's some question whether john boehn
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Dec 3, 2012 8:00am PST
was just with him on friday. he came to my district. was at a business. they are showing some of that video right now. local business in my district that was a toy manufacturer and what they said to the president, what they said to me is we, we make more toys when there's consumer demand. let's make sure that middle class americans have dollars in their pockets, they continue to have confidence as consumers or grow that confidence and that our businesses, large and small respond to that, that they begin to see so stability. this is time when we're calling on speaker boehner to work with the president, to work with democrats in congress, and to get done what we have to get done, the american people, middle class and businesses, let's create that stability and confidence that this economy needs. >> we'll let you get back network. thank you for joining me. i appreciate it. >>> i want to go ahead and bring in our monday political power panel. look at this. i got everybody at one big table. great. susan i want to start with you. abc is reporting there could be this doomsday plan among
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Dec 13, 2012 8:00am PST
majority of americans 98% from tax increases come the new year? is that mainly the game plan at this point, with time running down? >> well, i hope it is. i would love to see a big deal. you know, i served on the so-called supercommittee. i was a member of the biden group. and throughout all of that, we were working on how to get to a big deal. but even back then, we were looking at a $1.2 trillion deal to just get beyond the so-called sequestration. and that would be a down payment on the bigger deal to come later, getting up around $4 trillion to $5 trillion. so i think that's still there. so i think it's still a two-step process. we may be talking different numbers. >> right. >> but there's always going to be two steps. >> we just heard from south carolina, senator jim demint who is going to predict that they get their wish. also accusing the president of intentionally trying to walk the country off the cliff right now. is the president sending the message right now, it's his way or the highway? >> no, i don't think so. the president is saying it must be fair and it must be balanc
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Dec 24, 2012 11:00am PST
: i'm here for the lump of coal portion of the program. if there's no deal, let's look at what happens to tax rates in just seven days and these stats are from the tax policy center. the annual income from somebody in the $50,000 to $75,000, about a $2,400 increase. jumping ahead to $100,000 to $200,000, the average tax increase, $6,600. tacking at that great divide of the wealthy, over $250,000, at least a $11,000 tax hike. over $1 million, more than $254,000. >> hampton, looking at that number, that's for those americans working right now. there are still struggling americans, millions looking for work and what's the fiscal cliff mean for them? >> reporter: okay. we have unemployment at 7.7% last month and mainly went down because people gave up looking for work and jdropped out of th job market and out of work six months or longer. 4.8 million americans, they're the folks worried the most about unemployment benefits not extended after the first of the year. >> as we look at that number, that's staggering for so many. we have a "the washington post" poll that indicates 74% of america
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Dec 15, 2012 12:00pm PST
police this afternoon. at this point any word on when that might happen? >> reporter: well, we just heard from a local police officer on the scene that it may still happen this afternoon. whether it will or not is very difficult to say. obviously this has been a day when the community woke up. realizing that this was real, realizing that there were going to be funerals to plan. in one church along here the catholic church, the monsignor told me this morning with tears in his eyes, he expects to bury six parisher ins including a little girl that was to play an angel in the -- at the christmas eve mass. we are also learning more and did this morning at a news conference about the shooter. and there's very good evidence, investigators say, they have found both at his mother's house and the school that will give them something some indication how this all came together. the why remains a mystery. why would anyone go into a classroom of little children? there are releases of some record things that indicate that the whole thing only took a matter of minutes. it may volume taken two minut
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Dec 30, 2012 2:00pm PST
watch a rebroadcast on msnbc, that's later today at 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. eastern and again tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m. for highlights from the interview, be sure to follow me on twitter, @davidgregory, my handle. that's all for today. we'll be back next year. until then, have a happy new year. if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." >>> i think we all know we're running out of time. i need a dance partner. >> at this stage we're not able to make a counteroffer. we're apart on some pretty big issues. >> 30 hours to go until the country hits the fiscal cliff and still no deal. i'm melissa rayberger, and the white house has sent one of its top negotiators to capitol hill, but right now it's all centered on the senate, and as democrats dig in to protect social programs, republicans do the same on taxes. >> raising taxes to pay for new spending is not something that republicans believe this debate ought to be about. it ought to be about reducing the deficit and the debt, and what they are essentially suggesting is we want new taxes. we want higher taxes on people in this
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Dec 28, 2012 8:00am PST
politico, both the republicans and the democrats are looked at as why both sides -- for many it means blaming president obama, and investigating for -- for democrats, the cliff is better than setting a rich man's cutoff in the million dollar range or -- and slashing medicare and social security to appease republicans. this is really -- i know we cause it the cliff, i look at it. it's a clean slate for both sides in 2013, and to dig in in a modern approach. >> well, if that's a republican strategy to blame the president, good luck with that. polls aren't bearing that out. they're getting most of the blame right now. as far as a clean slate, the question is how do markets react after january 1st? i think that's what a lot of members and what the leadership looks at. to joy's point, i think what republicans have demonstrated is they are experts at saying no, and they are experts to saying no to things they have supported in the past. we're talking about a combined $2 trillion in cuts, protecting tax cuts for small businesses, reforming the debt limit so it doesn't continue to provide unc
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Dec 19, 2012 8:00am PST
those specific areas of legislation to look at other ways we can address this problem. >> back in the devastating hamlet of newtown, connecticut, five funerals and four wakes, a combination of nine different services held for sandy hook victims including the funerals for hero teacher vicki soto who died trying to hide her students and principal dawn hochsprung, who reportedly died trying to stop the gunman. a wake will be held in new york for teacher anne marie murphy who lost her life also. new today, we're learning the students of sandy hook will return to school but in a neighboring community of monroe. they start back january 2nd. for the rest of newtown, a new normal settled over the community with other area schools open, with students in their second day back in class. >> whether you wait a day or a month or whatever, you know, there is no -- there is no rule book. >> the nra breaking its silence. the powerful gun lobby will hold a major news conference to announce the actions it plans to take in the wake of the elementary school tragedy. the national rifle association brea
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Dec 24, 2012 8:00am PST
third quarter which the recession may hit. when be look at the issue of a -- the markets, however, may feel the brunt of the fiscal cliff fallout. the dow fell on friday after the deal failed the night before. last week fitch warned it may downgrade the u.s. credit rating if congress cannot reach a deal. some lawmakers are angling for the best political outcountry. >> when i listen to the president, i think he's eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. he gets all this additional tax revenue for new programs, gets to cut the military which democrats have been calling for for years, and he gets to blame republicans for it. implts joining me are off and on johnson and cheryl from rollcal. is the president rooting, planning for going over the cliff? >> i don't think so. >> and then let's remember, the president will give a lot of and the he does not want to be known as the president who failed to get the economy roaring again. >> it seems like that amounts to very little. >> and that's exactly the problem. the statement that senator into razzo made yesterday i had been hear
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Dec 6, 2012 8:00am PST
? how do you explain this to the american people when they expect you should be at work trying to resolve this? >> i'm not sure you would call it a walkout. we're waiting for the president to act. we have laid something on the table and we continue to be stalemated by the president and his administration. i am so disappointed that the treasury, geithner, said yesterday they're willing to go off the fiscal cliff and they're notle to negotiate and put something on the table. we've put a good faith effort on the table and you know what, the president is the leatheaet lead. i expect him to be in washington rather than out campaigning. the campaigning is over. it's time to sit at the table with the leaders and that's what it's going to take. i'm very disappointing that's not happening. >> i want to play something that house speaker boehner had to say yesterday. >> the revenues we're putting on the table are going to come from guess who? the rich. now, there are ways to limb the deduction, close loopholes and have the same people pay more of their money to the federal government without
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Dec 23, 2012 12:00pm PST
wngton get to work in the wake of the tragedy at sandy hook elementary school? >>> we're still no closer to defeating our enemy. >> the nation's top spy is speaking out about "zero dark 30." >>> hi, everyone. welcome to the white house. pretty cool, huh? >> and a little later what we can expect from first lady michelle obama in her second term. that and a christmas story that is bound to warm your heart. we begin with this live image from honolulu, hawaii where the president and first lady have just arrived. hundreds of hawaiians started gathering saturday to welcome the senator home and pay respects. inouye was a recipient for the medal of honor for his braver. kristen welker joins me now from honolulu. a warm christmas, i see. >> reporter: yes indeed. it is lovely here. >> the president is on christmas vacation and so is congress. that doesn't mean they don't have work to do as the fiscal cliff looms. i take it this is a working vacation. >> reporter: white house officials have described this as a working vacation and talks are going on behind the scenes between white house staffers an
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Dec 1, 2012 11:00am PST
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Dec 4, 2012 8:00am PST
to be at an icy impasse over the so-called fiscal cliff. this is hours after the white house rejected the counteroffer. >> while their proposal may be serious, it's also a nonstarter. they know any agreement that raise tax on the middle class in order to protect more unnecessary giveaways, the top 2% s. doomed from the start. it won't pass. democrats won't agree to it. president obama wouldn't sign such a bill and the american people won't support it. >> you don't get people together until they finally sit down at the table and negotiate. it's still too much posturing, still too much the president wants his way, somebody else wants it that way. >> the gop's opening bid includes $2.2 trillion in tax reform, entitlement reform. but here's the problem, it includes no tax hike for the top 2% that republicans must have and something that the president repeated on the campaign trail. >> the obstacle here continues to be republicans who hold out hope that we can somehow go through this process and still deliver tax cuts to millionaire and billionaires. and that's just not going to h
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Dec 8, 2012 11:00am PST
magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind. >>> a good saturday afternoon. i'm craig melvin. you are watching msnbc, the place for politics. 24 days to the cliff. what's it going to take to keep the government on track and keep the nation from going off the rails? we'll talk about that. plus, the push for marriage equality could get a huge lift from the high court. we'll examine what's next for those who want to see same-sex marriage become the law of the land. meanwhile, in egypt, they are just trying to get a functioning government off the ground. we'll go live to cairo where along with tear gas the words in the air today are martial law. >>> first, though, some developing news from south africa where nelson mandela is in the hospital right now. the former president is undergoing medical tests. that's according to the government. these tests have been planned for some time, we're told. they are consistent with his age. he is 94 years old. a family friend not saying how long mandela will be hospital iced, but a government spokesman insists there's, quote,
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Dec 5, 2012 8:00am PST
to be back at the business roundtable. jim, thanks for your leadership. originally my team had prepared some remarks, they always get nervous when i'm out there on my own, never know what i might say, but given the dialogue that we had the last time, i thought it was useful for me to abbreviate my remarks, speak off the cuff at the top and spend most of our time just having a conversation. let me begin by saying that all of you in this room are not just business leaders, not just ceos of your companies but you're also economic leaders and thought leaders in this country, and i recognize that all of you have an enormous investment not only in your own companies but in the well-being of america, there are a lot of patriots in this room and people who care deeply about not only your bottom lines but also the future of this country. you've shown that over the last four years, we've gone through as difficult an economic period as we've seen in most of our lifetimes, and we've emerged not yet where we need to be, but we've certainly made progress and the reason we've made progress in
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Dec 1, 2012 1:00pm PST
president's mind at this point. a lot of people think that he is really under the gun to make an appointment, but hillary clinton is still the secretary of state. he may have some time yet. perhaps even as much as a month or up to the inauguration on january 20th. so there is that. second of all, susan rice made that pilgrimage, if you will, up to the senate after all the criticism that she got from john mccain and lindsey graham and other key republican senators after her appearance on the sunday shows talking about the incident in benghazi. they were so angry because they say she disseminated false information about the causes of that attack. we all know the story there. we don't need to rehash it. she was given these talking points by the intelligence community. she was merely saying what they had instructed her to say. but the senators, these republican senators blamed her for using them when they say she knew they were false. she has clearance, security clearance, she had access to what had actually happened, or at least the best judgment for the classified material at that
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